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12 insurgents killed in Afghanistan raid

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • Raid occurred in Logar province
  • Weapons were seized in the raid
  • Elsewhere, 8 were hurt in chopper's hard landing

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- Afghan and coalition troops killed 12 Taliban insurgents, including a commander, during a raid in Logar province, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said Thursday.

The raid took place on Wednesday. Troops were hunting down Qari Muir, a commander who held many Taliban positions in Logar.

Intelligence sources saw Talibans preparing to attack coalition forces and then took on the insurgents. They found a weapons cache, with rockets, mines and bombing materials. Muir was one of the 12 killed.

"The Taliban currently operating in Logar province are inflicting violence, instability and fear on the Afghan people," said U.S. Army Col. Rafael Torres, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command Combined Joint Operations Center director. "These operations help rid these areas of these terrorists along with their weapons and backward ideology."

Elsewhere, In Kandahar province on Thursday, an ISAF helicopter made a hard landing. Nineteen people were on the chopper and eight coalition members were injured. The incident was apparently not the result of "enemy fire."

In Kunduz province, an unmanned aerial vehicle made an emergency landing in Kunduz province Wednesday. The craft is used for reconnaissance and surveillance and had no material that could be "exploited by enemy forces."